Stones in the Road

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Stones in the Road
Studio album by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Released October 4, 1994
Genre Country
Length 55:35
Label Columbia Nashville/TriStar
Producer Mary Chapin Carpenter
John Jennings
Mary Chapin Carpenter chronology
Come On Come On
(1992)Come On Come On1992
Stones in the Road
A Place in the World
(1996)A Place in the World1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B link
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars link
Q 4/5 stars link

Stones in the Road is the fifth album by Mary Chapin Carpenter, and her first and only #1 Country Album on the Billboard charts. The album also contains her first and only #1 Hot Country Singles hit, "Shut Up and Kiss Me." Other charting singles were "Tender When I Want to Be" at #6, "House of Cards" at #21, and "Why Walk When You Can Fly?" at #45. The nostalgically themed title track was first recorded by folk singer Joan Baez for her 1992 studio album Play Me Backwards, to whom Carpenter first pitched the song during a joint concert appearance before she recorded it herself. It was also featured in the 1995 film Bye Bye Love.

Carpenter earned two Grammy Awards in 1995 for her work on the album: Best Country Album and Best Female Country Vocal Performance (for "Shut Up and Kiss Me"), the fourth straight year she won the latter category.

Country Universe called it the best Contemporary Country Album.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

No. Title Length
1. "Why Walk When You Can Fly?" 3:31
2. "House of Cards" 3:45
3. "Stones in the Road" 4:31
4. "A Keeper for Every Flame" 3:46
5. "Tender When I Want to Be" 2:54
6. "Shut Up and Kiss Me" 3:40
7. "The Last Word" 3:25
8. "The End of My Pirate Days" 5:02
9. "John Doe No. 24" 5:44
10. "Jubilee" 4:36
11. "Outside Looking In" 4:42
12. "Where Time Stands Still" 3:40
13. "This Is Love" 6:19
Total length: 55:35


As listed in liner notes.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 10
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1
Canadian RPM Top Albums 29


  1. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (December 10, 2009), [1],, Retrieved April 24, 2010
Preceded by
Waitin' on Sundown by Brooks & Dunn
Top Country Albums number-one album
October 22 - November 25, 1994
Succeeded by
Lead On by George Strait
Preceded by
Not a Moment Too Soon by Tim McGraw
The Hits by Garth Brooks
RPM Country Albums number-one album
October 31 - November 13, 1994
February 6 - February 12, 1995
Succeeded by
Waitin' on Sundown by Brooks & Dunn
The Hits by Garth Brooks